10 Awesome Things to Do in Punta Arenas, Chile (the near tip of the world!)

If you are heading to Antarctica or Patagonia, it's likely you'll go through Punta Arenas at some point. It is a city nestled between Argentina, Tierra del Fuego, and Patagonia on the southern tip of Chile. 

There are so many reasons to visit this town and it will certainly be hard to beat the friendliness and generosity of the Chilean people. Here are ten awesome things to do, and although it is far from an exhaustive list, they are...pretty darn cool. I have NOT included things outside the town (like..going to Antarctica or Patagonia!) and all of these are completely walkable.

1. HAVE A DRINK (OR TWO) AT THE DREAMS HOTEL ROOFTOP BAR

The Dreams Casino and hotel is the nicest (a.k.a. most "modern-looking" place) in town. people go here to gamble, drink, eat at the lovely cafes, and go out here at night for the view. No need to dress up so don't feel like you will be kicked out for not wearing something rreally nice (being from LA, I thought we were going to a really fancy place so I actually dressed up and found I was the only one not in jeans or slightly nicer-looking outfits. Next time I wore flats and jeans like everyone else).

dreams hotel punta arenas chile

2. WALK THE PLAZA MUNOZ GAMERO

Cool city center with carts, wagons, and stalls to shop from.

plaza munoz gamera city center punta arenas

3. VISIT THE CEMETARIO MUNICIPAL

It's cool, it's creepy, it's bizarre, it's haunting. DEFINITELY go, especially if you have a little dark side. It's like nothing you've probably ever seen before and I walked around for a couple hours.

cemetario municipal of punta arenas, chile
cemetario municipal in punta arenas chile
Cemetario municipal of punta arenas

4. MUSEO REGIONAL DE MAGALLANES

So many cool museums and Magellan plays such a HUGE role in the history of the town. You'll find him showing up everywhere.

museo de magallanes punta arenas chile

5. SEE THE PENGUINS

Because...they're penguins! I wanted to take them home but I guess I wasn't allowed. Boo. It's a fun day trip but expect lots of wind!

penguins in punta arenas chile

6. EAT THE BIGGEST SANDWICH OF YOUR LIFE (AND AMAZING DESSERTS) AT THE CAFE IMMIGRANTE

Such a cool place! Sandwiches are literally as big as plates, desserts are legendary, and the vibe is cool. Very hospitable owners who are Croatian immigrants.

sandwich from cafe immigrante punta arenas, chile

7. NAO VICTORIA MUSEO

Replica ships make this a fun little museum where you can live the nautical history!

nao victoria museo punta arenas, chile

8. WALK AROUND TOWN AND CHECK OUT ALL THE HUGE MONUMENTS OF FAMOUS FIGURES (SPRAWLED ALL OVER TOWN)

They line the streets all over town! It's fun to check out what historic figure got which monument. There are a huge variety in size and scale but they're everywhere!

plaza munoz gamero in punta arenas

9. THE BRAUN-MENENDEZ CULTURAL CENTER

The cultural center is a really cool place to start walking around the city. If you look closely, you will notice gold plaques on historic buildings describing their history. The architecture is really cool and there is SO much neat history here that it's a treasure hunt of plaques around town.

cultural center punta arenas chile

10. WALK UP THE MIRADOR CERRO DE LA CRUZ

This is a super cool walk up a hill to see a great view of the entire straight and city. There are numerous padlocks of love along the fence, as many lovers and couples come here to...enjoy the view!

mirador cerro de la cruz

There are 10 things to get you started! You'll see many ore things walking around to these along the way, but absolutely walk. People are very friendly, street shopping is fun, and there's alot of little hidden oddities to see around town.